Monday, August 27, 2012
Cong Fishermen Demand to Avail Schemes for Them
MALDA, 13 JULY: Congress led only fishermen’s organization in the state Malda district Fishermen’s Congress (MDFC) today served a deputation to the district administrations claiming that the fishermen of the district are being deprived of the facilities allotted for them by the state government. The president of the MDFC convener Madhumoy Sarkar also demanded ‘action’ against ‘misappropriation of fund’ of the Left Front members dominated Central Fishermen’s Cooperative Society (CFCS).
Sarkar said, “State government has many benefit schemesfor the poor fishermen. Such schemes include old age pension, education aid for their wards, building their own homes, purchasing of colour fishes etc. But former fishery minister Kiranmoy Nanda towards the end of the former state government’s regime extended those facilities to some rich fish traders.” Sarkar alleged that now instead of poor fishermen most of the schemes were being grabbed by the dishonest fish traders and fishermen are being deprived of developing their life style.
Sarkar also claimed that there had been no audit in in CFCS since 2006. “We have come to know that there has been an embezzlement of fund amounting Rs 22 lakh and that’s why the LF authorities are escaping the audit,” Sarkar alleged.
He informed that more than 30000 fishermen in the district joined Congress’ fishermen wing in Malda, first of the party in the state. “Out of sixty fishermen’s associations, we have already had support from 31 associations each having 900 – 1200 members,” he said.
“The additional district magistrate – general (ADM-G) Mr Nurul Islam has assured us to look into our demands and grievances and we are waiting for the administrative action,” he added.